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Children of the Black House

By (author) Calum Ferguson
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Birlinn General, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Imprint: Birlinn Ltd
Published: 30th Sep 2003
Dimensions: w 189mm h 260mm d 18mm
Weight: 936g
ISBN-10: 1841582689
ISBN-13: 9781841582689
Barcode No: 9781841582689
"Children of the Black House" is a fascinating glimpse into life on the Hebridean island of Lewis from the closing years of the nineteenth century up to the 1950s. Calum Ferguson employs an unusual narrative technique, drawing on his mother Mairead's reminiscences, and presenting her experiences and conversation in the first person. This is a fascinating account of a culture in transition; it records and preserves for twenty-first-century readers traditions and ways of life which have now gone for ever. Also this remarkable memoir is a treasury of personal recollections, traditional tales, and songs. It is illustrated throughout with photographs of Mairead, her family and friends.

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